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Re: [Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org>] Re: Debian & BSD concerns

On Mon, Mar 15, 1999 at 01:28:32PM -0800, Paul Nathan Puri wrote:
> [stuff deleted]
> Where you say 'free licenses cannot be revoked':  What is your authority
> for that statement?  The licensor can set the terms and conditions upon
> which revocation may be a consequence.  

Free software licenses can not be revoked.  If a license can be revoked, it
wasn't a free software license in the first place. A revocation clause
violates section 1 of the DFSG because it places a restriction on the
selling or giving away of the software in question. Therefore, any license
with such a clause is not a free software license.

> [other stuff deleted]

Brian Ristuccia

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